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Students at The Deanery will study a wide variety of events and eras spanning from the Celts to present day. They will be given the opportunity and skills to ensure that they can view the world through a historians eyes. The key aim of History at the Deanery is to not only learn about the past but to learn from it. 

The curriculum in History has been designed to take students on a journey through time so that they have a full understanding of how the world came to be as it is today. The topics incorporate a range of time periods that over the duration of their studies will become linked enabling the students to understand the concept of cause and consequence. Individual lessons have been planned to engage all students and their learning styles. History at The Deanery is about understanding and experiencing the past, whilst questioning, discussing and debating key events and decisions. Lessons will bring History alive through creative and meaningful tasks. It is the opportunity to experience history for themselves that will pique student interest and result in lifelong learning. 

History at The Deanery is divided into three key skills; Investigation, Reaching Substantiated Conclusions and Understanding Historical Context. The curriculum across Key Stage 3 will focus on these skills equipping all students with the base on which to build in Key Stage Four and beyond. 


Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 

Term 1


Who lived in Britain before the Romans? 

How was the British Empire created? 

What was life like in 1920’s Britain? 

Term 2

What impact did the Romans have on Britain.

How did life between the Tudors and Stuarts compare?

How did World War One begin? 

Term 3

Who was the strongest Tudor Monarch? 

What led to the Civil War in England? 

What impact did World War One have? 

Term 4

What was life like in Medieval England? 

Was the Industrial Revolution a turning point for Great Britain? 

Was World War Two inevitable? 

Term 5

Was there a difference in the quality of the Medieval Monarchs? 

How did slavery change the world? 

What were the long term consequences or World War Two? 

Term 6

Could the Crusades have been avoided? 

Was the Civil Rights movement in the USA a direct result of slavery? 

Has the development of medicine improved our world? 


The Aims and Objectives of History at The Deanery: 

For all students to; 

  • Have a clear understanding of Britain’s past and how that has a place in understanding the wider world. This will be shown through their understanding of concepts such as cause and consequence. 
  • Develop skills surrounding questioning, thinking critically, considering evidence and coming to conclusions that show an understanding of perspective and judgement. 
  • To start to consider the lives of others, both past and present; how society has an impact on both the world and the individuals within it. This in turn will allow students to develop their own identities with the ability to make well researched informed decisions. 
  • To develop the skills of a Historian through challenging information that is presented, taking into account its source, viewpoint and possible interpretations. 
  • To place their understanding of History in amongst the other Social Sciences taking into consideration culture, economy, the military, political influences, religion and timescale. 

The History Department at The Deanery will achieve these aims through learning both in and out of the classroom. There will be opportunities of educational visits, visiting speakers and experts as well as in house choices through drop down days such as Holocaust Memorial Day and within the enrichment programme. 

Whilst students are learning about History, they will develop skills from our ALIVE model, notably to discern, communicate and to value justice enabling them to grow into well rounded young people with the ability to demonstrate tolerance, compassion and empathy; resulting in all students being able to live life it all its fullness. John 10:10


History will build its programme into the new academic year including research studies and archaeology.

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers (to follow)

Grade descriptors - Key Stage 3 to GCSE (to follow)

Useful websites:

BBC Bitesize

Education Quizzes